William Troost Ekong Biography, Net Worth, Clubs and Career.
William Troost Ekong Biography, and Net Worth…Born to an half dutch and half Nigerian family in Harleem, Netherlands on the 1st of September, 1993, William Paul Troost Ekong is a professional football player who plays as a center-back for Udinese in the top flight league of the Italian serie A. This article focuses on the life, background, and career of this fabulous Nigerian footballer who plays in the defence position in the Super-Eagles and in his Club, Udinese.
William Troost Ekong Biography, Net Worth, Clubs and Career
William Troost Ekong from an early age has always had a keen interest for football. He played at the youth level for big English sides such as Fulham and Tottenham Hot Spurs in the Under-21 division until 2013.
William’s father is a Nigerian from Akwa Ibom state while his mother is a Duchess (i.e., from Dutch) by name Eleanor Troost. He has siblings, his sister and brother being prolific writers. William Troost Ekong has become a name on the lips of Nigerians when it comes to defensive play in the Nigerian professional football team, the Super Eagles.
National Team(s) Career: Netherlands and Nigeria
Ekong began his international footballing career with Netherlands U-19 team where he played a single game under Coach Wim van Zwam at the age of 18. Moving further, still with the Netherlands team, the defender featured in 2 matches playing in coach Remy Reynierse’s Netherlands U-20 in 2013.
On June 13, 2015, Ekong was enrolled into the senior cap of the Super Eagles under Coach Stephen Keshi in which game he played against Chad in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON). Ekong’s first attempt at the Olympics for Nigeria was on August 5, 2016. Coach Samson Siasia was the coach then and the player participated in 6 games.
The impeccable defender has earned about 17 caps for himself in the Nigerian national team (the Super Eagles) since 2015.
In an article published by a lifestyle blog in 2017, Ekong expressed gratitude and love for Nigerians and Nigeria as he had this to say:
“It is a very different life. You feel you a celebrity. And as soon as I step on the plane to Europe, everything is back to normal again.” he explained.
Williams is hopeful to score more goals and make greener achievement in the world of football even as Nigerian fans in general eagerly await the strong and energetic defender’s next move in his footballing career.
In an interview with reporters, Ekong had this to say:
“The experience garnered playing for the Super Eagles has been life-changing for me. Facing some of the best forwards in Africa, whilst having to perform and deliver for such a football-loving nation like Nigeria is a pressure that improves you as a player”.
Ekong made a free transfer to FC Groningen on June 23, 2013. Afterwards, FC Dorecht loaned him for the 2014-2015 season. There, the defender played 34 matches up till the 30th of June, 2014.
On July 27, 2015, Ekong made a transfer move to KAA Gent from FC Groningen. His market value at that time was €300K. Thereafter, FK Haugesund him for the 2015-16 seasons during which time he scored in a game against Viking FK.
William Troost Ekong opened his goal scoring account in March 2016, when he scored his first goal ever in his footballing career against Aalesunds FK. He scored 4 goals out of 37 games he played for the club. Afterwards, he ended his contact with the team in the loan season.
Ekong signed a three-year contract with Bursaspor of the Super Lig in turkey On July 8, 2017, with the transfer fee of €1.05 million. Having made about 10 appearances for his club, Bursaspor, the defender netted two (2) goals.
William Troost Ekong is presently managed by GBS Group (International). The defender still hopes to play in the most watched football league in the world which is the premiere league of England.
Playing at the top flight of Italian football league has had it own challenges as the defender has featured in 19 games of the 2018-19 season and received 2 cautions.
Awards and Call
One of Ekong’s awards has been the “Defender of the Year” award given to him in 2016 in the Nigeria Pitch Award category. On the 16th of June, 2018, the defender made his debut in the World Cup in a game between Nigeria and Croatia. In May 2018, the defender was named amongst Nigeria’s preliminary 30-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Ekong is also an ambassador for TAG Heuer, a watch brand which seeks to grow its business presence in Nigeria. The company sees William as a reflection of its philosophy “Don’t crack under pressure” hence signing him on to its ambassadorial team. For now, TAG Heur has offices in Nigeria in Lagos and Abuja.
Relationship and Family Life
Ekong has a wonderful love life with his beautiful girlfriend, whose name is still withheld from public knowledge but known only to his close associates and friends. His Instagram handle is filled with pictures of the loved-up couple.
Ekong is neither single nor married and has no children from his current or past relationships. In April 2018, he revealed through an Instagram post that he would be having his first child very soon. In May of the same year, after he has scored a goal in one of the matches decided to make tummy of the ball as a way of paying a tribute to his pregnant wife. Till date, no one knows exactly when his child was born.
Ekong’s earned an estimated yearly salary to the tune of about €500, 000 based on his 2018 statistics. However, no one really knows the player’s full net worth. His current club pays him about €10k weekly as wage.
Ekong’s is a brand ambassador Nike, a company involved in the production of sports wears and products. This is one of the player’s income streams as he earns from the ambassadorship programme. Hence, €1.60 million is pitched as Ekong’s current estimated market value.
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